Home Health & Hospice

Revised ABN Effective January 2012

Homecare Insider, November 28, 2011

In May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a revised version of the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Non-coverage (ABN), form CMS-R-131, which replaces the 2008 version of the form. There are no big changes in the form with the exception of the release date. Providers who utilize this form include independent laboratories, physicians, and hospice providers. 

Home health providers should be aware that this does not affect the Home Health Advance Beneficiary Notice (HHABN) that was revised in 2010 and mandated for use in April, 2011.

CMS has extended the date of mandatory use for this revised form to January 1, 2012 to allow providers to have time to transition, although it can be used now.

The revised form, along with its instructions for use can be found here.